After five Seasons, Ivonne Wimpleton has accepted she's a haute ton undesirable. Always a bit ungraceful,her suitors are men desperate to get their hands on her marriage settlement.Guarded and aloof, she's resigned herself to spinsterhood. She doesn't mind her fate, since Chancy Faulkenhurst, the man who once held her heart, left for India years ago without an explanation. When Ivonne's father, Viscount Wimpleton, refuses Chance's request for her hand in marriage, he transfers to the East India Troops. Chance's dreams of making Ivonne his wife are soundly dashed. Ignoring her letters, he closes the door on his heart and Ivonne and remains in India.
Six years later, severely injured during a battle, Chance returns to England physically and emotionally scarred. His love for Ivonne remains just as strong.When he learns due to a whim of Prinny's she must choose one of the despots whose offered for her hand, Chance is determined that none should have her but him. Except, not only is she infuriated he made no effort to contact her in all those years, in Chance's absence, his father arranged a marriage for him and fully expects Chance to honor the agreement
Olivia Kingsley didn't expect to fall in love and receive a secret marriage proposal two weeks into her first Season. However, one dance with Allen Wimpleton, heir to a viscountcy, and her fate is sealed. Or so she thinks until her eccentric and ailing father, unaware of Allen's proposal, announces he's moving the family to the Caribbean for a year. Unaware of her father's ill health, Allen demands she choose--him or her father.
Heartbroken at his callousness, but thankful he's revealed his true nature before she married him,Olivia turns her back on their love. The year becomes three, enough time for her broken heart to heal, and after her father dies, Olivia returns to England.Coming face to face with Allen, she realizes she never purged him from her heart and once again the flames of love ignite, but is it too late?